The Department of Health (DOH) reported three additional deaths among the 52 laboratory-confirmed cases coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Philippines.
With the announcement, which was made on Thursday night, March 12, there are already five deaths caused by COVID-19 in the country.
Among the deceased patients are a couple, PH5 and PH6, who are both residents of Rizal. The cause of deaths of PH5, a 62-year-old male, and his wife, PH6 aged 59, was "acute respiratory distress syndrome due to severe pneumonia secondary to COVID-19." Both patients were diabetic. The report also indicated that PH5 was "hypertensive who developed acute kidney injury."
Erratum: DOH initially reported that PH5 and PH6 died on Wednesday, March 11. In an updated statement, the health department said PH6 passed away on Wednesday night. PH6's husband, PH5, passed away the next day, March 12.
PH5 and PH6 were both admitted to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City.
Meanwhile, PH37, an 88-year-old female, passed away early this afternoon. Cause of death: acute respiratory failure.
On March 12, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the National Capital Region or Metro Manila under “community quarantine,” from March 15 to April 14, to contain the spread of COVID-19.
President Duterte also declared the country is now under Code Red Sublevel 2.